Jesús Rafael Soto - Latin America New York Monday, November 24, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Denise René, Paris
    Private Collection, Michigan
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie Denise René, SOTO, June - July, 1970 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    SOTO, exh. cat., Galerie Denise René, Paris, 1970

  • Artist Biography

    Jesús Rafael Soto

    Venezuelan • 1923 - 2005

    Jesús Rafael Soto was born in Ciudad Bolívar and studied at the School of Visual and Applied Arts in Caracas. During this period he became acquainted with Los Disidentes, a group of artists that included Alejandro Otero and Carlos Cruz-Diez. In addition to his fellow compatriots, Soto’'s work was influenced by Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian.

    The main artistic tenets evinced in Soto's works are pure abstraction, vibrations, progressions and geometric rigor. They can be seen through the use of lines and superimposed squares in his sculptures, made with paint and a series of industrial and synthetic materials. He spent much time in Europe, becoming a key member of the Group Zero movement, which included such artists as Lucio Fontana, Gunther Uecker and Yves Klein. As a result, Soto's work also incorporates modernist concepts such as light, time, movement, color manipulation and space. All of these facets place him as an important figure within the Kinetic and Op Art movements.

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Structure Cinétique (Sotomagie)

silkscreen on Plexiglas with metal rods
13 1/4 x 13 1/2 x 7 in. (33.5 x 34.3 x 17.8 cm.)
Signed "Soto" on a label affixed to the reverse. This work is number 76 from an edition of 100.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $22,500

Contact Specialist
Laura González
Director of Latin American Art
New York
+1 212 940 1216

Latin America

New York Auction 24 November 2014 2pm